Amid multiple opinions regarding Sanju Samson’s decision to finish the game himself, Kumar Sangakkara decided to back the newly appointed captain of Rajasthan Royals. The Director of Cricket of Rajasthan Royals Sangakkara mentioned that Samson was hitting the ball cleanly, hence he did not mistake by taking the call.
What’s This Debate About?
Sanju Samson denied a single to Chris Morris in the last over of the game against Punjab Kings. He clearly had the confidence on himself and thought of finishing the game. Even before Morris’ arrival, Samson completed his hundred. After refusing to take single, the Royals had only one ball left to hit the winning runs. Unfortunately, Samson went for a lofted shot off the cover and was caught by Deepak Hooda. A lot started criticising Samson for not taking that single including the commentators.
Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull couldn’t understand why Samson denied Morris a single. Sunil Gavaskar felt that Morris hadn’t done enough till then to ger enough faith from the captain’s end. Samson to have confidence in him.“He can but so far he hasn’t. His strike rate at the moment is just 50. He’s just managed two singles (from four balls).”
Sangakkara Keeps Faith
In the post-match press conference, Sangakkara told, “I think Sanju backed himself to get the job done and he nearly did. He was five or six yards short of hitting the last ball for a six and sometimes when you know you’re hitting the ball well and you’re in form and you believe that you can do it, you’ve got to take that responsibility. And it was really encouraging to see Sanju do that.”
Sangakkara further opined, “We can always talk about a missed single here or there but the crucial thing for me is the players’ belief in attitude and commitment and they know what their strengths are. And Sanju took it upon himself to finish that game and he just fell a few yards short. That happens, but the next time I’ll believe he’ll hit it that 10 yards further to win us the game.”